Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Triming all the rubbish in our efforts

"The computer and e-mail were sold to us as tools of liberation, but they have actually inhibited our ability to conduct our lives mindfully, with the deliberation and consideration that are the hallmark of true agency."  from "The Tyranny of E-mail: The Four-Thousand Year Journey to Your Inbox" video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tkRWIVMZwDY

We asked our members how their lifes have improved after 5 or 10 years of using the Internet and the answers were basically 3, they said that they can: "connect to more people, have access to more information, buy cheaper online".

The crawling anxiety of people checking their emails, profiles or updates have overpassed the ridiculous! When we were business consultants we witnessed endless meeting hours, tons of emails, events (online or offline wasting thousands of dollars), pages or comments posted, even lots of time broadcasted on TV but the end result: no cash and remaining debt after trying to set up a business!

On the other hand, the network at LFT made possible to use the computers potential and enable real cooperation between individuals, businesses and governments. An example: a foreign country paid $350,000 for a market study to an European firm. They ended-up with a document saying that they need over $15,000,000 to run the project. 

We offered to make 25 exploratory studies for $250,000 each ($6.25M total); with it we can find better network to raise capital for those 25 projects in less than 90 days.

Let's check this out:
  1. the government paid $350,000 US for a study (real life case)
  2. the output required a loan of 15 million dollars (to make the study real)
  3. They don't have the tools to attract the investors -ouch!-
  4. Another study to attract the investors maybe required (another $350,000?)
  5. The study will tell you how much you will need to "spend" to attack investors (may be a couple of hundred thousand of some millions to active the network)
There is one clear winner here and is the consulting group! At LFT we said "let's cut to the chase" and trim all the ravish (of time, costs and red tape). 
  1. Our proposed solution will save over $6,000,000 in costs of products and services from LFT to the government
  2. LFT will get paid just a fraction to start the system and the remain $6M are paid back in small bits when the projects grow. 
  3. Business partnerships between Australian farmers and overseas businesses help (a) our farmers here to pay their debt -from LFT's peer-lending, and (b) foreign countries to be more active in the global economy without risking too much
We have quick meeting rooms to move forward very rapidly (and our members get the training to learn what to say and how to negotiate). Only those that are active in the talking room are part of the groups and can get a financial benefit or support from LFT.

Talking is cheap, so making them talk effectively can move people from twitting like birds, reading face books for hours without end or linking in competitive networks that fill your box with spam mail.

LFT is helping our members be more efficient in the way how they clear the excess of futile information overload and walking in circles using:
  1. email
  2. sms
  3. online posts
  4. traditional and face to face communications (including telephone, fax, VOIP, posts, etc)
So we'll make LFT deal exclusively with our private investments and another website will take care of the e-learning process: www.trimpit.com any suggestions?



Thursday, July 25, 2013

Social networks over priced?

From David Heinemeier's posts:

GM Says Facebook Ads Don't Work, Pulls $10 Million Account: http://www.forbes.com/sites/joannmuller/2012/05/15/gm-says-facebook-ads-dont-work-pulls-10-million-account/

A bit of reality:

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Leverage jungle

Just a link for your reading:
Each side’s leverage during a negotiation is the principal, compelling component determining how the exchange will turn out. Leverage is power. Whoever has the most… wins.
Here are some primary questions you must ask yourself when you are negotiating: “Who has the superior bargaining position? Why is it superior?” 

The next question you must ask is, “How and when can you use your leverage to your foremost advantage?” Timing and technique matter. 

Ok, you’ve asked the above questions. Now, as you analyze your situation, realize that everything the opposing person wants or needs for agreement is to your advantage (as long as you understand their reasons). On the other hand, everything you need or desire for an agreement adds to the other side's leverage (also only if they comprehend your reasons).
Hopefully your preparation has given you as much information as you need to be a strong negotiator. As you negotiate, new information will come up that will help you understand where the other person is coming from. 

Here is a key point - as much as possible, make sure you don’t give too much information to the other side. Try not to contribute any knowledge that would grant them superior power. This is not easy, but the better you do it, the better your leverage during a negotiation.
You have to evaluate your leverage over and over again as well as the leverage the other person is showing you. Why? Because as talks move forward, events, positions, and attitudes change. 

More than likely, your adversary is also performing the same calculations. It's very much like a chess match. Each advance changes the posture of the game. The correct moves at the proper time can threaten your contestant's king. So you should deliberate many times on how and when to use your leverage during a negotiation to achieve dominance. 

If you fail to stay updated and informed as the process unfolds, you may not maintain any advantage. As an example, if you require an emergency appendectomy the doctor and the hospital obviously has the advantage and the most leverage. You're are not in the position to negotiate the cost of the operation while you're rolling on a gurney to the operating room. However should the opportunity to purchase a corporation whose stock value has just taken a fall, your leverage increases because the other person is dramatically weaker and in need.
Here’s another factor: It's not entirely the scrutiny of powerful positions that creates leverage. It's also how that force is handled. You can use it subtly or with a hammer. You can apply it when circumstances are proper and when you are at your best, or use it at the improper time and destroy your superiority. 

Finally, analyzing leverage is a delicate game. You can conclude a lot from the existing information of circumstances, but in reality, perceptions also play a part. Wars are sometimes won not by the armies you keep, but the armies they believe you maintain. There’s a big difference there. And again, your rival will do the exact same thing. 

Here are two important questions to ask yourself continually: Who needs it more? Who has the greater motivation? If you determine the other side's needs are greater than its wants, you have the advantage. 

Gaining greater leverage as the negotiation moves forward is not easy, but if you fail here, chances are you won't get as much out of life as you desire. The more you work on this, the better you develop your negotiating skills, the more you'll get.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Linux adoption (Novell)


The real cost of switching to Linux

After years of experimentation with Linux in the enterprise, customers, analysts and suppliers are starting to agree on where Linux makes financial sense and where it does not.
Although Linux is often thought of as a free alternative to established operating systems such as Windows and proprietary Unix, is it really cheaper when you add the costs of acquisition, migration, operation, and support? In other words, is the TCO (total cost of ownership) of Linux really lower than that of Unix or Windows?

Elephant in the room?

"Elephant in the room" is an English metaphorical idiom for an obvious truth that is either being ignored or going unaddressed. The idiomatic expression also applies to an obvious problem or risk no one wants to discuss.
It is based on the idea that an elephant in a room would be impossible to overlook; thus, people in the room who pretend the elephant is not there have chosen to avoid dealing with the looming big issue.                           source wikipedia

Almost everybody forgot that the information technology race was founded on money. Meanwhile you help billions to pile up on the tycoons' banks, I bet you'll facew the global financial crisis alone.

There's an option to the isolation: you can join LFT to show your value and compete to get our sponsors attention, they can invest in your development and ou can grow faster with less risk.



To cancel your weebly account

Steps (from eHow):
    • Go to the Weebly website and log in to your account. Enter your username and password and click "Login."
    • Locate and click on the "Account Settings" link after you sign in to your account. At the bottom of the page you will see a "Delete Account" link; click on it.
    • Confirm that you want to delete your account by clicking "confirm." Once you confirm the deletion, you will lose all of the information on your Weebly account, and you cannot get it back.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Letter to a farmer

Dear Jennifer and Ian,

Thanks for allowing LFT-Australia to have successfully helped you buy cattle cattle, machinery and assist with other needs these last years for your farm. While we did not billed you any interest, our condition was to have some of the farm produce for our consumption and you agreed it was a fair deal.

When everybody was advising not to lend to farmers, we took a different approach and placed our own money in risk without loosing it, eg. you were not in default, you paid all the money back! The system works if all the players are fair to each other and if they know what to do.

The ground-breaking success of LFT lies in "having a cooperative framework" that interlinks the effort of many people/business in different industries but together we can generate opportunities through they trades and build a pool of cash from where you were able to borrow from.

As a result we were able to help other farmers and strengthen this self-sustainable system based in cooperation and trust.

In this way we have been able to allow farmers to borrow thousands of dollars from LFT-Australia and we are happy to tell you that many more are joining us from Western Australia, Victoria, New South Wales and North Queensland.

Now it's time for you to make a decision if you'd like to learn the basics at LFT and raise a capital by growing your own investments in our system. The investment costs-risk is carried by LFT-Australia and you only pay for your education. The revenues of the investment creates a pool of capital that you can borrow from at lower fees offered by traditional financial institutions.

We trust that you will take full advantage from our invitation to join a vibrant network of people helping each other to raise capital and get out of the clutches of debt and financial limitations.

It'll be very useful for us if you can update your testimonial of your experience with LFT. We'd appreciate if you could do that this week and send it by email to me.

You can read more about LFT at:

Intro: http://www.lftaustralia.com/updated-lft-intro/
About: http://www.lftaustralia.com/about/
FAQ: http://www.lftaustralia.com/about/faq/

Warm regards

r & m

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Footer logo on moodle

footer logo in moodle, theme: afterburner:
layout > default.php

changed to:
<a href="http://lftaustralia.com" title="LFT">
                <img src="<?php echo $OUTPUT->pix_url('footer/moodle-logo','theme')?>" alt="LFT logo" />

error in upgrade moodle 2.5 from 2.4

After following: http://docs.moodle.org/25/en/Upgrading

we got an error:
moodle upgrading 2.5 "lib/dml/moodle_database.php on line 27"

add to .htaccess:
# Use PHP 5.3
AddType application/x-httpd-php53 .php